BBC Sky at Night magazine review 4.4 out of 5 stars and said, "it is the mark of a good manufacturer when we find ourselves often saying how enjoyable it is to use its mounts, and Celestrons CGEMII is no exception. Well designed and engineered, eay to operate with great tracking for both visual and imaging purposes, the CGEMII is highly recommended in its own right, or as an upgrade from a CG4 or AVX."
CGEM II was designed to be ergonomically friendly with large Altitude and Azimuth adjustment knobs for quick and easy polar alignment adjustment. The internal RA and DEC motor wiring provides a clean look and an easy and trouble free set up.
The CGEM II series features Celestrons innovative All-Star Polar alignment procedure. All-Star allows you to accurately polar align the mount using any star, even ig the celestial pole cannot be seen. Another great feature of the CGEM II sure to please astroimagers, is the Permanent Periodic Error Correction (PEC) which will allow users to train out the worm gears periodic errors, while the mount retains the PEC recordings.
For objects near the Meridian (imaginary line passing from North to South), the CGEM II will track well past the Meridian for uninterrupted imaging through the most ideal part of the sky. The CGEM II mount has a robust database with over 40,000 objects, 100 user defined programmable objects and enhanced information on over 200 objects. Celestron's CGEM II mount is the perfect fit between the Advanced VX Series and CGX Series.
40 lbs payload capacity
Dual-fit Vixen/CG-5 and Losmandy/CGE dovetail saddle
2" steel legs with height index marks for quick leveling
USB 2.0 port on hand control for direct links to a PC via ASCOM supported software.
40,000 object database with over 100 user-definable objects and expanded information on over 200 objects
Internal cabling throughout for worry-free remote operation
Low cog DC Servo motor with integrated optical encoders offer smooth, quiet operation
Able to track past the meridian allowing seamless imaging
Permanent periodic error corrections allow users to train out the worm gears periodic errors once, while the mount retains the PEC recordings.
Software Features include: Mount Calibration, Database Filter Limits, Hibernate, five Alignment Procedures, and user-defined slew limits
Built-in polar alignment program to polar align on any star in the sky
Longer clutch levers to make tightening and loosening of clutches easier
Custom database lists of all the most famous deep-sky objects by name and catalog number
Solar System alignment method allows to view the moon and planets during the day
Permanent Programmable Periodic Error Correction (PEC) corrects periodic tracking errors inherent to all worm drives
Custom Rate 9 feature allows to set maximum slew rate
Tandem mode allows to star align the mount even when positioned for tandem scope use
RS-232 communication port on hand control to control the telescope via a personal computer
Includes NexRemote telescope control software, for advanced control of telescope via computer
Precision machined 40 mm diameter steel Polar shafts supported by multiple tapered roller bearings and ball bearings
GPS-compatible with optional SkySync GPS Accessory
Mount Type German Equatorial Mount
Tripod 2 Steel tripod with graduated markings on lower section
Dovetail Mount Directly connects to both CG-5 & CGE dovetail bars
Payload Capacity 40 lbs.
Latitude Range 15º 70º
Power Requirements 12 VDC, 3.2 amps
Ports 1x Hand control port, 1x Auxiliary Port, 1x Auto guider port, 1 USB 2.0 port (on hand control)
Motor Drive Low cog DC servo motors
Slew Speeds 9 slew speeds
Tracking Rates Sidereal, Solar and Lunar
Tracking Modes EQ North and EQ South
Alignment Procedures AutoAlign, 2-Star Align, Quick Align, 1-Star Align, Last Alignment, Solar System Align
Computerized Hand Control Double line, 16 character Liquid Crystal Display; 19 fiber optic backlit LED buttons, USB 2.0 port for PC connection
Database 40,000+ objects, 100 user defined programmable objects. Enhanced information on over 200 objects
Mount Weight 40lbs.
Tripod Weight 20lbs.
Weight of Counterweight 17lbs.
Total Weight of Mount Kit 77lbs.
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